Since 2005, we have created short and medium-length film and video content strongly rooted in personal storytelling practices. Working with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the National Film Board of Canada, the Toronto Arts Council, and Telefilm Canada, our projects have won awards and garnered critical acclaim at major festivals around the world. Our mandate is to contribute to the Canadian cultural and artistic landscape through the creation of diverse and original works of film, video, and related media.
Operating as a collective, NORTH COUNTRY CINEMA is actively involved in numerous projects being produced across Canada. Our regular team is composed of the following members:
KYLE THOMAS is a filmmaker and musician from Calgary, and an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His short film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011), was awarded top prizes at the Calgary and Edmonton International Film Festivals for short format work by an Alberta-based director, and was screened in competition at SXSW 2012. Kyle’s latest short film The Post (2013) was presented at Cannes 2013 as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program. A 2014 recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor General of Alberta Arts Award, Kyle has completed his first feature film, The Valley Below, a multi-narrative drama set in the badlands of central Alberta. This film is produced with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Alberta Media Fund, and is targeted for festival release in 2014.
ALEXANDER CARSON is a Canadian film and media artist. He holds a BFA and an MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His recent films, including “Last Communication with Laura” (2009), “We Refuse To Be Cold” (2011), and Braids (2012), have screened at major film festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Alexander received the Award for Innovation at Sled Island Festival 2012, and the Achievement in Direction Award at the Air Canada En Route Film Festival in 2012 for “We Refuse To Be Cold”. His latest short film Numbers & Friends (2013), a playful cine-essay about sports fandom and cultural identity, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, before receiving the Golden Gate Award for New Visions at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2014. He is currently in production on his first feature-length film O, Brazen Age, with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
CAMERON MACGOWAN is a Calgary-based filmmaker, and a graduate of the Film/Video program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Cameron’s first outing with North Country Cinema was producing Kyle’s award-winning film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011). His latest short film as writer/director is Black Hills (2012), a gritty and haunting western that has screened widely at festivals across North America. Cameron recently completed his new short film Back Streets (2014), a small town drama produced with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The film is set for festival release later this year.
NICHOLAS MARTIN is a frequent NCC collaborator currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, and a founding member of North Country Cinema. Although Nick no longer works as a producing partner, he has contributed creatively to several recent award-winning NCC projects, including Alexander’s film “We Refuse To Be Cold” (as a performer), and Kyle Thomas’ Not Far From The Abattoir (as a composer). Nicholas Martin will re-team with NCC as a performer in Alexander Carson’s feature film O, Brazen Age in 2014.